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Match of the Day 2 (otherwise known as MotD2) is a football highlights programme shown on BBC Two in the United Kingdommarker. It was created in 2004 when the BBC regained the right to broadcast Premier League highlights. The programme is hosted by Adrian Chiles and usually features analysis from two pundits. It is broadcast on Sunday evenings, usually later than 10 p.m.

Advertised as a "light-hearted look at the Premier League's action", Match of the Day 2 offers highlights of Premier League matches played on Sunday, the day after the original Match of the Day is broadcast. The 'light-hearted look' refers to its more fan focused presentational style than the Saturday night version.

Format

The programme follows a similar format to the original Match of the Day, albeit with fewer highlights because there are usually only two matches most Sundays (sometimes there are more or just one), allowing more time to be allocated for pundits and/or the host to talk about tactics or current affairs of football. There is also a segment showing the goals scored in Saturday's games, accompanied by tabloid headlines and music (the current song is an instrumental mix of "We Share The Same Skies" by The Cribs).
The show originally featured a "Top 5" countdown based around a current event or a guest pundit on the show, such as "Worst Haircuts", "Shocking refereeing decisions" or "Golden Oldies". However this has now been replaced by "2 Good, 2 Bad" which offers a humorous look at the goings on of the football weekend in England, such as embarrassing gaffes, unusual celebrations, intimacy between players and managers or supporters being caught out.

Controversy

In March 2009, Alan Pardew was condemned for his own gaffe on the show when he implyed that midfielder Michael Essien had "absolutely rape(d)" player Ched Evans during a midfield tussle for the ball. The BBC have insisted there will be no on-air apology, despite 35 viewer complaints, insisting it had been misheard as "rakes", and expressing no certainty that Pardew would ever appear on the show again.

Selected pundits



Occasionally footballers who are still playing with a Premier League team are invited onto the show to express their views. They usually have played on the Saturday, therefore allowing them to appear on the Sunday night. These have included Graeme Murty, Danny Murphy, Clarke Carlisle and Linvoy Primus. Notable managers such as Gordon Strachan, Chris Coleman, Alex McLeish, David Moyes, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock and Phil Brown have also appeared as pundits on the show.

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